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A Cat's Best Friend

 

by The Caring Owl

 

 

We have all heard of a "Man's Best Friend", but what is a cat's best friend? After watching this video you might change your mind.

Rocky is a South African Rock Monitor that was hit by a vehicle when he was still very young and weighed only 38 gram. I picked him up in the road for dead, but he just suffered from severe concussion and an injured spinal cord. On my way home I put him in my shirt pocket to keep him warm and he became so fond of it that, even when he was much bigger and fully recovered, he still wanted to sleep in my pocket, although not even his head could fit into it. He soon realised that it was nice and warm if he crawled in underneath our cats and so became big friends with especially Roeline, our one cat. His favorite thing was to sleep with her in our bed. This friendship lasted until a couple of days ago when he decided that it was time for him to answer to natures call. He is now living wild and would hopefully return when their mating season is over.


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The Caring Owl Romeo & Juliet Season 3 Video 2 The First Feeding Session

 

by The Caring Owl

 

 

The first little owlet for the 3rd season hatched last night 14 July at about 20:30. This video shows the first feeding session just a couple of hours after it hatched. Obviously the video does not show the full session which took about 30 minutes.

It has been a very tough season for Romeo & Juliet so far. First they were attacked in the safety of their own nest and then a swarm of bees took over their nest. Their 2nd nest was invaded by a cat, but it seems like the 3rd time was lucky. Rodents were also very scarce up until now and Romeo battled to provide enough food for Juliet to reach prime condition. She laid only 3 eggs. Will Romeo be able to provide in the needs of 3 hungry mouths as well if all 3 eggs hatch. Only time will tell us.

If it comes to the push, I can always provide some extra food to them, but as they are wild owls I would not like to intervene unless absolutely necessary, but I also don't think that I will be able to watch the little ones starving to death if I know that I can help them. I would very much like to know what you people would do. But lets hope that it does not become necessary to intervene. In the two previous seasons Romeo proved to be an excellent hunter and after all, Barn Owls have managed to survive for a couple of million years without the help of human beings.

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A Love so Big

 

by The Caring Owl

 

 

This video shows how "Uiltjie" my Spotted Eagle Owl brings small rodents to Tiny, my little scops owl. In the wild, Spotted Eagle Owls will prey on smaller owls like the Scops Owl and therefore I never allowed Uiltjie to have contact with Tiny unless I personally supervised it. Deep in my heart I know that Uiltjie would never harm him, but he is a wild animal and it would be irresponsible of me to take unnecessary chances. One grab with his huge talons would crush the life out of Tiny's little body. Therefor you will see that whenever he brings a rodent to Tiny I always took him in my cupped hands and took the rodent from Uiltjie in such a way that he thought that it was the little Scops taking it. Tiny obviously do not like to be held like this, but I really was not prepared to take a chance with his life, because I love him to much. What is quite amazing is that apparently Uiltjie knew that he had to bring small rodents like these tiny shrews to Tiny. He never brought larger rodents like large mice and rats to him, but fed that to the larger Spotted Eagle Owlets under his care. Maybe owls really are as wise as they say.What is even more amazing is that, even if he had orphans to take care of, he would always think of Tiny and bring him a tiny mouse whenever he managed to catch one. I wonder what he thought of this little owl that did not want to grow up? Can love be "bigger" than this, taking care of your child that never grows up.


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The Caring Owl: Scops Owl tries to catch rat on TV

 

by Chris Pretorius

 

 

A few weeks ago I was busy editing a video clip of a rat that entered the nest of my Barn Owls, while the female were inside the nest, breeding. While I were busy editing the video, Tiny, my little Scops Owl swooped down from my shoulder and attempted to catch the rat on the TV screen. I replayed the clip a couple of times and almost every time she tried to catch it. I put up a camera and managed to capture it on video. Please excuse the poor quality of the footage as it was done with a low resolution surveillance camera.

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The Caring Owl Romeo & Juliet A New Home Season 3 Video 1

 

by The Caring Owl

 

 

Romeo & Juliet are two Barn Owls nesting in a nest box that I erected for them. They had a very rough time the past year. Apart from being attacked by my Spotted Eagle Owl in their nest box, they had to give it up after a swarm of bees moved in. I erected a new nest box in a wild fig tree close to their old nest and they moved in, but this time one of our cats decided to take it over and refused to be chased out. I then erected yet another new nest box for them and this time placed it where the cats cannot get to it, inside our geyser room on top of the house. It was just in time for the beginning of the new breeding season and the video shows from where they enter the nest, for the first time, until where the first egg is laid. There are two cameras mounted inside the nest box and two outside. Viewers might notice that the video clips are not always in a chronologic order, but care has been taken to select them in such a way that it gives a true and accurate reflection of the events up until the first egg is laid. For more information about these owls please feel free to visit our website at [www.thecaringowl.co.za]

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The Caring Owl Somebody must be Hungry

 

by The Caring Owl

 

 

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This video is about a rehabilitated Spotted Eagle Owl, called "Uiltjie" or maybe better known as "The Caring Owl" that has made it his mission in life to feed all birds(and people) that look hungry. Sometimes he battles to find someone to accept his offerings, but he knows how to persist and will look for somebody until he succeeds. He has so far successfully adopted and raised 28 orphaned owlets and even take them on hunting trips to teach them how to hunt when they are big enough. When there are no orphaned or injured owlets to take care of, me and my family, other birds and even other animals like our cats may end up with a rodent stuffed into your face.

   

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Spotted Eagle Owl attacks Barn Owls in Nest

 

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This video shows my rehabilitated Spotted Eagle Owl attacking two Barn Owls in their nest box. He tolerated them in his territory for more than 2 years, but at the time this video was made, he had 5 orphaned owlets to take care of and I think they maybe interfered with him and the owlets while he was busy teaching them how to hunt. The two Barn Owls fled to the nest box, thinking that they would be safe once inside, but unfortunately the opening was to big and the Spotted Eagle Owl was able to enter the nest. He however soon realised that a cornered Barn Owl female, defending her nest, is not something that you tackle bare handed.

Look how it is actually the larger female that defends the nest, while the smaller male crouches away behind her in the corner. As soon as he gets the chance the male rushes out of the nest, knowing that he is much more agile than the Spotted Eagle Owl. The Spotty left the nest a couple of minutes later and no one was hurt.

The following day I made the entrance a bit smaller to prevent him from entering the nest again, but his curiosity got the upper hand of him and as soon as I finished, he tried getting into the nest again but got stuck. Although it was actually quite a hilarious situation I was quite worried that he might injure himself, but fortunately, with a little bit of help from me, he managed to free himself. The only thing that got hurt in the process was maybe his pride. Fortunately the Barn Owls were not in the nest when he got stuck or else he would not have been so lucky. In nature it is not uncommon for Spotted Eagle Owls to raid Barn Owl nests and they will kill and eat the young ones if the opportunity arises. The video footage was taken with infrared security night cameras.



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Romeo & Juliet Season 1

 

by The Caring Owl

 

 

Juliet is a barn Owl that was brought to me after she was hit by a vehicle. Her right wing was broken and she suffered from severe concussion. She also could not open her left eye properly for almost 3 months. "Uiltje" my Spotted Eagle Owl adopted her and brought her fresh rodents that he hunted at night. During her recovery a young male Barn Owl began visiting her and soon the two moved into a nest box that I erected on my porch for them. They mated and raised 6 owlets in the first season. This video shows some of the highlights of the first season.



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Injured Owl Swallows Live Snake

 

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"Pathetic" is an injured male Spotted Eagle Owl. His one wing and both his legs were broken. "Uiltjie", better known as "The Caring Owl", adopted him and took care of him for almost a year. This video shows how "Uiltjie" brings him a live snake and how poor Pathetic" must swallow the snake live. At this stage he could barely sit on his legs, let alone use it to grab hold of the snake like an owl would normally do. See how he quivers as the adrenalin rushes through him. After a long struggle he manages to swallow the snake and, believe it or not, actually looks for more. I personally think that this brave little owl deserves a thumbs up. Please give it to him.    


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Lovely Owls The Rehabilitation of Hansel and Grethal

 

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Hansel & Grethal are two orphaned owlets that were sent to me after there nest was destroyed by a blasting operation in a quarry. They were still very small and was taken to a vet in East Londen who raised them. He unfortunately had to choose between letting them die or feeding them by hand and imprinting them. Three weeks later he sent them to me and I introduced them to my blind owl "Tokkelosh" and "Uiltjie". They adopted them immediately and the difficult task of un-imprinting them began. The two just wanted to be inside the house and sometimes begged like puppies at the door to be let in. Their favourite spot was my bed in our bedroom where they loved sleeping on the cushions. Later on 3 more orphans of roughly the same age were sent to me and they joined the family. With the help of Tokkelosh and Uiltjie they soon learned to be real owls again and grew up to become two magnificent adult owls that could fend for themselves. Once they were fully grown, Uiltjie chased them away from the farm to begin there own lives somewhere else in their own territory. This video show some of the highlights during there rehabilitation. Please give these cute little owlets a thumbs up if you like them. 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 



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